I'm Ordering a big BLT for Thanksgiving 2010 NEW 12/3 started TR! see link

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  1. mousescrapper

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    Come join the MouseScrapper family as we dig in to Eat and Celebrate--- DISNEY STYLE!!!!!!

    Do you need a reason to plan a trip to Walt Disney World?

    Not really I think, but it is always fun to have one….what is ours for the November 2010 trip?


    Rachel and Naomi-Ruth's 8th and 4th Birthdays plus Thanksgiving!​


    ***links to additional posts in post #2***
    Before the trip in March of 09 was ON, I already knew after our June 08 trip we should plan a trip around the girls’ birthdays and stay for Thanksgiving too. We decided 2010 would be a good year to plan it in, having 1 year in between trips. Mae would still be young enough to love all the Princess Magic and enjoy being a little girl at Disney, plus Margaret turning 4 should be old enough to remember some parts of this special trip as she get’s older.

    I actually started planning this trip right after the June trip and began my resort research…knowing the 2010 trip we’d actually count as a “family of 6” we had few options of where and how much we wanted to spend or budget for the resort.

    * 2 rooms at a Moderate Resort like POR (where we had stayed in 08)

    * Family Suite at All Stars Music Resort

    * A Cabin at FWC

    * A Deluxe Suite at the Wilderness Lodge Resort

    I started jotting down notes in a spreadsheet and Word doc’s about transportation, room size, beds, costs, etc….after staying at the Poly and on the monorail…I couldn’t see how going back to all bus transportation would be great….but we knew On-Site was the only way for us. Oh well, I guess we’ll sit on, after all, at the time I thought I had over 1 ½ years to decide.

    Then came the Surprise Bounce Back Trip w/ my Parents just this past March (09) and the fateful day at AK and our visit to the DVC….

    For those of you who read my previous TR know the whole story and you should be able to tell in my siggie….but we took the Plunge and bought into DVC!!!

    Bay Lake Tower at CR, is our New Disney HOME! And we can’t wait to be there!

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    The CAST of Characters:​



    Naomi-Ruth (Margaret) (3): The upcoming trip will be her 3rd! She talks about going to “Didney Word” practically everyday and anytime it is mentioned she’s ready to pack her bags and go. She is part Princess and part Pirate, full of sweetness w/ a lot of crafty hyperactivity thrown in. Her favorite characters are any of the Fantastic 6 and the Princesses!

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    Rachel (Mae) (7): The upcoming trip will be her 4th! She can’t wait to go for her next Birthday and get a “It’s my Birthday” button to wear. Mae is all Princess, she loves to sing and dance and dress up. Her favorite characters are Minnie, Jasmine, Belle, Ariel and her favorite attraction is the WEDway People Mover (TTA).

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    Rebekah (Aldine) (11): One of the twins and this upcoming trip will be her 4th! She can be my co-planner on this one and can’t wait to help me as we start planning more of the fine details. She is looking forward to bringing another one of her mini American Girl dolls and hopes it’s warm enough to slide down the waterslide at BLT. Her favorite characters are Jasmine, Belle, Remy (from Ratatouille) and Kim Possible. Her favorite attractions are BTMRR and Test Track, she’s thinking about if she’ll be brave enough to go on ToT w/ me.

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    Nathan (Michael) (11): Twin to Aldine and as well this trip will be his 4th trip! He is the co-navigator while we are there and can’t wait to eat all the FOOD! Michael is my sweet boy and may not be mischievous like one of his favorite Characters, Jack Sparrow but loves treasure and mystery. He is lives each day w/ High-Functioning AUTISM (Aspergers) and this can make his trips to WDW a bit complex in finding the right balance of fun and rest…but overall the MAGIC of Disney always shines. Another of his favorite characters is Donald Duck and his favorite attraction is TSM.

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    Dad/DH (Matt): He may not be as high of a Disney addict or as OCD about planning as me…but underneath that, his inner Mickey and Walt shine through. This will be our 7th trip together! For the most part the planning is up to me, but he chimes in on the important things like ADR’s and attraction must-do’s. His favorite Characters are Mickey, Alice (and all the other AiW friends), and that guy on Bald Mountain from Fantasia. His favorite attractions are Mission Space, POC, and BLAB.

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    Me- MouseScrapper, Scrappie (Julie): Anything Disney brings out a huge smile on my face, but especially planning and going to WDW! I love researching, planning, and figuring out all the details and now sharing it w/ you my Dis-Friends. This will be my 8th trip to the World! My favorite characters are a bit like me…Piglet (small and helpful), Cinderella (homemaker extraordinaire and found her Prince), Mrs. Incredible (if only I had those expandable arms) and Mary Poppins (I love my spoon full of sugar). And a few of my favorite attractions are IASW and ToT.

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    DMIL-E and DFIL-M Matt's Parents will now be coming w/ us for the first half of the trip (Fri 19-Tues 23). They have been to WDW several times and this will be their second trip coming w/ us! I think they are excited to return w/ their grandkids and help celebrate Mae and Margaret's birthdays.

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    Please join us over these next 11 months as I plan w/ my family the next Adventure to our Favorite Place. You’ll get to learn more about me and my crazy Planning style, more overall Disney FUN and more about my family as we countdown to

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    Birthdays and Thanksgiving-----DISNEY STYLE!!! In November 2010, the 19th thru the 28th….10 days and 9 nights!


    UP NEXT: the countdown continues to making my first DVC ressie on December 20th 2009….

    Thanks for reading and joining along

    Scrappie J~
     
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  3. mousescrapper

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    MAIN POST contents:

    Post #17: I'll have a POP w/ my BLT please...

    Post #24 My POP is fizzing...questions and concerns about possible split stay w/ 1-night at POP

    post #35 Order Delay...still waiting to make ressie on...12/20/09

    post #41 The making of a BLT and an order of POP (my trip's ressies)

    post #50 Happy Holidays and Merry Christmas Everyone...

    post #52 A few more Characters to our Bunch!

    post #60 First bit of MICKEY Mail!

    Post # 72 Let's Start Planning...my planning tools and list of to do's over the next 11 months

    Post #98 Quick Planning Update 1-14 itinerary goals

    Post # 148 HELP...Diser Desperately Seeking a Disney Logo shirt!

    Post # 173 Back on the PTR again...a trip into Scrappie's Disney/WDW Zone 2-9-10

    Post # 191 quick update and Feb to do list

    Post # 203 A Quick Sneak Peek...TOP 10...

    Post # 227 "Mouse Droppings" ? In need of a restroom?...take a break.

    Post # 236 Part 1 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... tickets/Passes

    Post #246 Part 2 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... hopping or no hopping

    Post # 263 Part 3 of 3 Talking about $ and a Budget for 6 for 10 days... DDP or OOP

    Post # 314 A Disney Fashion Show

    Post # 326 Itinerary Update/dilemma 3-27

    Post # 344 The Disney BOX!

    Post # 365 Creative touches

    Post # 393 Quick Planning Update 4-13

    Post #415 Official Operating Hours Nov 2010 how does it affect us? 4-20

    Post # 424 Let's Talk food Part one: Allergies

    Post # 438 A quick planning Update 5-7

    Post # 458 Let's Talk food Part two: Counter service pick's plus pictures

    Post # 478 Are you kidding me? flustered and confused a split-stay pre-nightmare...

    Post # 496 The ADR LIST...only 5 days till making them (5-19)

    Post # 520 The ADR's are done...YAY! 5-24

    Post # 545 Planning Update my List...for the summer 6-7-10

    Post # 557 Start the tour planning...top park choices

    Post # 575 The airfare is booked 6-15-10

    Post # 589 Sneak Peek at the TOP 5 choices

    Post # 601 TS3 Mania

    Post # 616 3 of the family's TOP 5 lists...

    Post # 637 the other 3 Family TOP 5 lists

    Post # 648 Our Disney Budget...the good, the bad, and the ugly reality...

    Posts # 674-5-6 DHS...lessons learned, memories (pictures), & the list for 2010

    Post #719 Life update 7-26-10 and Crafts for the trip

    Post #739 110 Days to Disney...start of our Countdown Chain! 8-1-10

    Post #768-9-770 Animal Kingdom...lessons learned, pictures of memories and what up for 2010

    AK pictures

    AK 2010 plans

    Post # 784 100 days countdown Toy Story Day 8-11-10

    100 days party

    Post # 815 Scrappie's Quiz

    Post # 845 January Surprise

    Post # 848 90 days till Disney 8-21-10 Pirates Day

    Post # 866 Planning Update next 2 1/2 months to-do list 9-1-10

    Post # 885 80 Days to Disney night and Birthdays fun to share

    Post #905 Scrappie's MK guide Part 1 of 3 lessons learned

    Post # 906 Scrappie's MK guide Part 2 of 3 Memories-Pictures

    Post # 907 Scrappie's MK guide Part 3 of 3 our 2010 Plans

    Post 915 70 days to Disney 9-10-10 UP Night-Day

    Post # 936 60 days to Disney 9-20-10 Finding Nemo Night

    Post # 962 50 days to Disney 9-30-10 Be Our Guest Night

    Post # 979 My Esty Order

    Post #991 40 days to Disney...Mary Poppins Day 10-10-10

    post #992 Got Scrappy? My projects that are done and in progress

    post #993 My October to-do list 10-12-10

    post # 1009 Special Delieveries and Mickey Mail

    Post # 1047 30 day fun 10-20-10

    Post # 1048 Packing is under way!

    Post # 1064 The final TO-DO List....10-27-10

    Post # 1072 20 day countdown party & Halloween

    Post# 1074 Planning update w/ pix 11-1-10

    Post # 1086 Planning Update 11-3-10

    Post # 1095 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot Part 1 of 3 Lessons Learned

    post # 1096 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot part 2 of 3 Memories

    Post # 1097 Scrappie's Guide to Epcot part 3 of 3 what's in the works for 2010

    Post # 1098 Nathan's special Guidebook (Autism) link

    Post# 1111 Garden Grocer and Planning Update 11-8-10

    Post # 1117 A party in Wonderland

    Post # 1119 In 10 days....

    Post # 1132 Our 10 days till Disney celebration

    Post # 1134 Our Day 2 plans for 11-20

    Post # 1144 Our Day 3 plans for 11-21-10

    Post # 1151 8 days till Disney night-Memories

    Post # 1152 Our Day 4 Plans for 11-22-10

    Post # 1159 7 and 6 days till Disney celebrations Bingo and Mickey Christmas

    Post # 1160 Our Day 5 plans for 11-23-10

    Post # 1169 Our plans for Day 6 Wed 11-24-10

    Post # 1177 Our plans for Day 7 Thurs 11-25-10

    Post # 1182 Our plans for Day 8 Fri 11-26-10

    Post # 1191 Our Day 9 and 10 plans for Sat 11-27 and Sun 11-28 (last day)

    Post # 1201 A Pre Charlie Brown Thanksgiving

    Post # 1203 My Wishes for this trip...
     
  4. DisMomAmy

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    First!! :banana:

    I'm so glad you started!! I can't wait to read along - I can live vicariously through you after my trip is over. ;)
     
  5. mommytothreeboys

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    YAY!!! A new Scrappie PTR! I'm in, I'm in!

    Can't wait to join in this planning adventure!! :banana::banana:
     
  6. PracPerfPatricia

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    Ok...third...but Three is a Magic Number...yes it is...it's a magic number...do you know that song...;)

    Subbing on for a Scrappie PTR...:cool1:
     
  7. DisMomAmy

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    Love that song! School House Rock, right?
     
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    Yes it is School House Rock...:goodvibes

    I love them -especially the numbers ones and the history/goverment ones...I turned David onto them and now he loves them too...:thumbsup2

    I can still remember the whole preamble to the Constitution and its because of Schoolhouse Rock...(I do have to sing it though...:lmao:)
     
  9. MRYPPNS

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    Thanks for the PM Scrappie-Do! Your timing was great because this is the first time I've logged-in in weeks.
     
  10. mousescrapper

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    It's like opening little presents to see who has stopped by to say Hello....

    Hi FRIENDS :wave2:

    Amy your first this time...:woohoo:

    Hi Missy...are you still napping in Italy....JK

    Hi Miss Triple P!!!! yes I love Schoolhouse Rock...my kids have the whole collection of shorts on DVD...we watch it before the new school year begins each time. "Conjunction Junction...what's my function?" :rotfl:

    and Heidi's here...YAY!!! no worries Heidi I have not been on in over a week and a half either, so I decided to start the PTR...a pre-Christmas present to you all....


    and Hello to the lovely lurkers...say Hi anytime and if you see my friend Kathy tell her to stop by...

    Scrappie
     
  11. mommytothreeboys

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    Dan is in his school's production of Schoolhouse Rocks, the musical. He plays Joe so he gets to sing "Conjunction Junction'! :goodvibes So fun!
     
  12. DisMomAmy

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    That's sooo cool!! :thumbsup2
     
  13. mousescrapper

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    I'm up to my eyeballs in ancient Egypt right now helping the twins w/ their Ancient Egypt papers and projects due tomorrow and next week...plus tomorrow is the school Holiday concert (oh can I mention Matt and I are hosting a party for 30+ adults this Saturday :eek: and :santa:)

    I was going to wait to start the PTR till after the Holidays because of the extra busies...but I have important Dis stuff to report before we make the ressie on the 20th...

    so please bear w/ me and I will post another Dis-BLT post :drinking1 w/ a possible POP order soon....

    OH and can SOMEONE PLEASE!!!!!! pm or post the instructions of how to post the instalment links for me to use in post #2 to keep everyone informed ?

    TIA

    J~


    oh and that is too funny about the school musical Missy....
     
  14. DisMomAmy

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    Ancient Egypt... sounds like fun!

    Can't wait to hear about your ressie!! And what's this about POP?? :confused3
     
  15. DisMomAmy

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    Just sent you a PM - hopefully my directions will work & you'll have your links! :goodvibes
     
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    I'm in!! Thanks for pointing out your TR ...I forget to look at siggie's.
     
  17. mousescrapper

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    :welcome: to Marsha

    say "HI" to her everyone...she loves herself a good BLT and is a scrapper like me....:goodvibes
     
  18. mousescrapper

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    I’ll have a POP w/ my BLT please, says the guest to the nice Disney Reservation lady (or man)….

    Knowing this coming Sunday marks one week till my wonderful DVC guide (Sue) calls me to walk me thru my first DVC ressie for our upcoming trip, I wanted to give you all a little head-ups and maybe get some feedback on what has been happening in the realm of ressie decisions.

    Most of you know that I’ve been dreaming of BLT (the resort, not the sandwich, even though BLT’s are my favorite sandwich) since April of 09 and I just couldn’t wait till Friday, November 19th 2010 rolled around to walk into the BLT lobby for my first time… that much hasn’t changed, but what has? :confused3

    In the process of the last 8 months (April-November) I have been eagerly anticipating the 1 year and 11 month marks of our trips countdown (thanks for dancing :banana: for/with me on DisMomAmy’s current PTR check it out if you haven’t already it’s her un-birthday celebration!) I will happily clue you in on what pre-pre planning I have done but not all at once let’s concentrate on my small order of POP and large helping of BLT….

    The dates Nov. 19-27 have been firm for quite some time, but it was when I started looking at just this past correlating week from 09 and the entertainment/holiday schedule…did I start to realize there could be a flaw in our plan of dates. :confused:

    I also was wary of a repeat end travel day for us, in particular for Michael (our DS who has HFA). I have been real good the last 3 trips w/ the kids to not schedule much (no park) on the first day-the travel/arrival day, but like most of you, I try to get the latest flight out on the last/departure day and pack in everything humanly possible on that last Disney day… ;)

    But I think after Michael’s very hard flight home in March (despite the unforeseen turbulence it may have been too much) I really started thinking about wanting to add one more night and leave on Sunday the 28th.

    Two reasons built into this:

    1) we gain one more night of Holiday stuff (ie 1-night for DHS-Osborne Lights and 1-night for Epcot Candlelight Processional) :santa:

    2) we can pack in the last day as we desire w/ no worries of leaving that night :thumbsup2 easier for all, yes?

    Sunday the 28th could potentially be our 10th day at WDW but really it would be treated purely as a travel day-no park…breakfast, pack up and catch the DME :sad1:

    I starting dropping hints to my DH about this possibility and didn’t quite get the response I was hoping for…he didn’t say “no” …just nothing, I don’t think his Disney Planning switch was on yet….how can that be? Mine’s on 24/7 365….isn’t yours :rolleyes1

    Now I had checked our points and determined we would not have enough to add one more night w/out dipping into 2012 points (and I don’t want to do that yet :rolleyes: ) so I put the thought into the back shelf for now…

    One week ago today I talked to Sue my DVC guide to get the ball rollin on making our ressie for BLT for 2010 and the question was asked about adding a cash night on the last night and then that was turned into the suggestion of switching our first night into the cash night and why not stay someplace w/ a lower cost than rack rate BLT and POP was born… :idea:

    After getting off the phone, I informed DH of the Dec. 20th ressie to make date call and the POP first night suggestion and actually adding that 9th night…

    His planning switch went on and he said “go for it!” :yay:

    I went on WDW planning site (the next day…how did I restrain myself?) and checked the rack rate cost of 1 night Friday, 11-19 to Sat 11-20 at POP and BLT…who knew a BLT would cost so much? :teacher:

    We’d need two rooms at POP (fam of 6)-standard view w/ 35 % of rr w/ our DVC discount = $149 (plus tax)

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    1 2BR standard view room at BLT would be w/ 35 % of rr w/ our DVC discount = $546 (plus tax)

    The numbers sealed the deal in which way to go, but I do have my concerns…. :confused3

    1) will staying at POP be a bit of an anti-climax to over a yr of waiting to go back to Disney before arriving home at BLT? (no offense to those who love their POP)-DH says it would be like if we were driving we’d have to stay somewhere first

    2) safety…we’d have to have 2 connecting rooms and just to feel secure that first night Matt and I would have to sleep separately 1 in each room…I’m not overly worried 1 kid would slip out in the night but still….

    3) ADR mess up? I know for sure that I’ll be trying for the elusive CRT (for lunch) on Sat. 11-20 for Margaret’s actual birthday so will I have to call or log in on one date for that w/ one ressie number and then call or log in on another date w/ another ressie number for the rest of ADR’s ?

    4) will luggage service move our stuff for us from POP to BLT? :confused: I want to try and get a BBB 8 am ressie that same morning to at MK…and more logistics what about valuables that don’t need to travel w/ us to the park and checking in to BLT that day?

    5) would we have to have sep park tickets per each ressie?

    YIKES? :eek: Is the side of POP worth it? I know I can call ask my guide some of these same questions but hoping for some advice, thoughts from you guys. Anybody ever do this? I know Kathy sorta did on her last trip but it was the same resort…

    Love your thoughts and thanks for reading,

    Scrappie J~

    Up NEXT: The making of a BLT
     
  19. mousescrapper

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    Ok got the link in there...but didn't exactly work like you said...but at least I know how to get the single post http code....

    now I just need to fine tune it so you don't see the code just the title of the post :confused:

    I'll look in my siggie...cause I know I did it there...DH showed me one and I just copy it each time
     
  20. DisMomAmy

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    Good Morning Scrappie!! Here are my thoughts on POP... First - I'm glad you are adding it to the beginning and not the end. Like Matt said, it will be as if you had to stay overnight on the road before arriving. Moving from a 2BR at BLT to Pop would probably be very anticlimactic and not the best way to end your trip. The rest of my comments are below.



    If you can work out the ticket issue, I would say it is worth it! Ideally you wake up at POP, pack up your stuff, locking your valuables away inside a big suitcase and head over to BLT. (Probably quicker by cab.) Check-in & get your park tickets then head to MK. If you can work it out the extra night at POP would totally be worth it! :thumbsup2 I think taking advantage of the extra night to see some of the Christmas attractions would be amazing. I watched the Disney Christmas special you told us about and I was jealous...

    I can't wait to hear about your reservations!!
     
  21. DisMomAmy

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    I think the step you are missing is highlighting your title "I'll have a POP w/ my BLT please..." then click on the little globe with the chain link. Paste the http thing in there and you should be go to go!
     

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